OKC Thunder downs Denver for solid road win

The Thunder got up on the Nuggets early, controlled throughout and separated late for an impressive 105-93 victory Tuesday.
by Anthony Slater Published: December 17, 2013


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, make a pass with Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, right, covering during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, left, make a pass with Denver Nuggets' Kenneth Faried, right, covering during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez)

DENVER -- Entering play on Tuesday, the Thunder's early season résumé was loaded with impressive bullet points:

*19-4 record 

*12-0 at home

*Blowout wins over the Pacers and Clippers 

*Relatively easy victories over the Spurs and Mavericks

But more than a quarter of the way through the season, 23 games in, an obvious hole still remained. OKC was yet to produce a truly solid road win.

That is, until Tuesday night in Denver, when the Thunder got up on the Nuggets early, controlled throughout and separated late for an impressive 105-93 victory 

“It's not an easy place to win,” Scott Brooks said. “They're a very good team, one of the top teams in basketball and they're playing good basketball.” 

Although it's still relatively early in the season, the Nuggets have won 10 of their past 14 and seem playoff bound. But they're not considered title contenders. So this isn't as impressive as, say, a win on Saturday in San Antonio would be.

But including Tuesday's loss, the Nuggets are 45-7 in Denver the past two seasons, including a 2-0 mark against the 60-win Thunder a year ago.

And the previous seven teams OKC beat on the road this season entered Tuesday with a combined record of 64-105.

So this would qualify as the stiffest road test the Thunder has passed.

“We came in and beat a good team that plays well at home,” Kevin Durant said, refusing to categorize it as their best. “Any win on the road is tough and we'll take it.”  

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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